Free Classes for Parents/Guardians & Grandparents

Free Classes for Parents/Guardians & Grandparents

Our next Guiding Good Choices® class dates will be announced soon! Raising preteens and teens is tough. Wouldn’t it be great if adults could take a class that taught us how to help our kids avoid risky behaviors, all while learning how to say NO to drugs and alcohol? There is! Guiding Good Choices® is…

Giving Tuesday 2023

Giving Tuesday 2023

How it all began: In 1995, a group of dedicated staff members from a local high school came together to address the challenges of youth drug and alcohol use in their community. This initial effort quickly expanded to encompass multiple schools. By 2004, recognizing the growing demands, the nonprofit organization HC DrugFree was established to comprehensively…

Xylazine in Maryland – Initial Report

Xylazine in Maryland – Initial Report

The Maryland Department of Health’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) team recently convened a multiagency workgroup to assess the presence of xylazine in Maryland. The Xylazine in Maryland Workgroup (now the Emerging Drug Trends Workgroup) has released a report of their findings, which includes an examination of post-mortem toxicology data and drug-checking data from Maryland’s Rapid Analysis of…

HC DrugFree Executive Director Completes Training Program

HC DrugFree Executive Director Completes Training Program

In November 2023, HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi completed the Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Training Program allowing her to provide training, consulting, and support on the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. Ms. Scornaienchi has the expertise and ability to guide a nonprofit in governance…

2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

November 2023 – SAMHSA has released the 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health results, accompanied by a newly offered companion infographic. The 2022 sample size was 71,369 and used multi-mode collection methods in gathering the self-reported data from respondents. Some findings include the following results: • Among the 137.4 million (or 48.7%) current alcohol users aged…

Free Life Skills Classes

Free Life Skills Classes

More information about future Life Skills and other classes and events will be shared in our newsletter. Life Skills Training for Grades 6-9 (or slightly younger or older) The 8 FREE online sessions will be offered TBD HC DrugFree will provide another series of FUN and interactive skills-based classes designed to promote positive health and personal…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Day Removes Almost 600,000 Pounds of Unneeded Prescription Medications Across the Country

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Day Removes Almost 600,000 Pounds of Unneeded Prescription Medications Across the Country

HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the DEA and the Howard County Police Department for our twice a year medication and sharps collection event. On October 28, 2023 we collected 1,223.5 lbs. of medication at the HC DrugFree site in the Wilde Lake Village Center. Below is an excerpt of the press release from…

HC DrugFree Collects Medication and Sharps in Disposal Event

HC DrugFree Collects Medication and Sharps in Disposal Event

HC DrugFree collected more than half a ton of medication and sharps on Saturday. The organization that aims to give Howard Country residents resources to prevent, treat, and recover from substance use and behavioral health disorders, collected 43 bins of medication and 24 bins of sharps over four hours at its collection event on Saturday.…